What Are Your "Talents"?
Have you read Matthew 25:14-30, or the parable of the talents, before? It is a story of a master who entrusts certain amounts of money to three of his servants and then leaves on a long journey. Two of the servants invested the money, and when the master comes back he is pleased because they were good stewards of what they’d received. He says to them both, “Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come, share your master’s happiness!” But the last servant didn’t do anything with his money. So, the master threw him out and gave what little he had to the servant who had made the most money.
I have read through that passage many times, and I have always felt that my call to action was to make sure I am sharing the good news and the hope that I have in Jesus with others. Now, I don’t think that this is ever a wrong way to interpret this passage, but one of the books I recently read had me wondering, what if the call to action was to ask the question, “what are my talents” or “what things has God, my master, entrusted to me?”
For me, the answer is that He has entrusted to me three things; my wife, my kids, and the ministry team here at Uncommon Sports Group. And I have discovered the way that I become a good and faithful servant is by investing my time and effort in those three things. Like anyone, there are times when it feels like I can get pulled in a hundred different directions, and it is hard to know what or where to spend my time and energy. But how comforting to know that I just need to be faithful with these three in order to please God!
So, what are your talents? What are the few things that God has entrusted to you? Have you asked Him?
Psalm 131 says, “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul…” In a world where things can get so busy, the to-do list can get so long, and the burdens to bear seem so heavy, it brings great comfort to know we can lighten our load by focusing our efforts on just the few things God has entrusted to us. So, ask Him today what has he entrusted to you. Then invest your time and resources in those areas and experience the peace and joy of living out the Lord’s will for your life.
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